Some of the stranger goings-on in the world of regulation:
–Starting July 1, it will be illegal to use someone else’s Netflix password in Tennessee, even with their permission.
–Buffalo, New York fines 400 citizens over the length of their lawns. Record rains during the month of May meant record grass growth, which can be difficult for residents to keep in check.
-In the wake of a court decision making it illegal to dance inside the Jefferson Memorial, activists are holding a dance party this weekend. Leonard Pitts has a good column explaining what the kerfuffle is about.
–Texas is continuing its fight against TSA pat-downs. The legislature recently introduced a bill that would treat the pat-downs as sexual harassment, punishable by a $4,000 fine and a year in jail. It was withdrawn after the TSA threatened to ground all outbound flights from Texas. Looks like lawmakers want to reintroduce the bill in an upcoming special session. Utah is considering similar legislation.
–The FCC would like you to pay more for Internet telephony. Traditional landline-based networks have been lobbying the FCC on this issue for some time; now their anti-competitive efforts are bearing fruit.
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–$1.6 million in stimulus money to be used to irrigate a golf course in Texas.
-A new study by Susan Dudley and Melinda Warren finds that regulatory spending grew 31 percent under Bush. Regulatory staffing grew 42 percent.
-Selling shellfish to the Department of Veterans Affairs? There are regulations for that.
-It is illegal to possess pliers in the state of Texas.
-The federal government’s Integrated Nitrogen Committee is having a public teleconference on June 8.
-In Virginia, it is illegal to take a bath without a doctor’s permission.
-Government programs never die. One Cold War relic is the Federal Radiological Preparedness Coordinating Committee.
-The federal government’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board is holding a public workshop June 14-15.
–$300,000 of stimulus money to pay for floating toilets.
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